The Greyhound Diaries by Doug Levitt Tells the Stories of Americans on the Bus, and Everyone Has a Story

Culture and art come in many different forms. It can be contemporary, futuristic, modern, or historic, but when the subject is ordinary people and their stories, this is reality in its most basic form.

The Greyhound Diaries by Doug Levitt is an expose of those who travel on a Greyhound bus. Doug traveled over 120,000 miles, back and forth across the country talking with those who also were traveling by bus. Levitt documented his 13 years on the road with photos, videos, writings, and a one-man show that he has performed in small venues since he left the Greyhound bus.

He left home with his guitar, camera and the initiative to meet and interview the people he encountered. After a short while, he says that the road became a way of life for him as he continued his phenomenal journeys. The Greyhound Diaries tell the stories of Americans who are not in the middle and upper class but are the lower class culture who carry the baggage that is associated with that level of society.

Levitt himself was born and raised in Washington D.C. by two parents who very active in the political arena. Doug was a part of this lifestyle, and when he was 16, his father committed suicide. When he graduated, he became a foreign war correspondent based in London and was often sent to Syria, Iraq, or Indonesia for CNN news.

No two days were ever alike on the Greyhound bus. On his last trip, he shared that he sat next to a neo-nazi for 20 hours who had just been released from prison. Doug shared that it was not unusual to meet an ex-con just released because the state typically sent prisoners who were released back to the town where they were arrested. These were the individuals who Doug interview daily.

The stories of America start to unravel as Levitt journeys in his Diary. It stopped being a travel project and became real life as Doug listened to the thousands of stories of poverty, addiction and mental illness that surrounded him. The Greyhound Diaries reveal it all.

The Brilliant Mind behind the Greyhound Diaries

The Greyhound Diaries is the excellent creation of none other than Doug Levitt, a singer-songwriter born and raised in America. He began this journey about 12 years ago when he started traveling on the Greyhound bus to interact with and hear the stories of millions of struggling Americans. Over 100,000 bus miles later, he finally achieved his aim, which was to make their stories heard by the public through The Greyhound Diaries.

 

He gathered many stories about the millions of Americans languishing in poverty and inequity in the country, and part of his goal was to make the leaders of the nation aware of the struggles of these people. From his travels came The Greyhound Diaries, a website through which he shares the stories he gathered, an extended play and a book. By traveling by bus, he interacted with many people from different backgrounds, with different views and opinions about various things such as poverty and inequity in the country among other issues, but the one thing they all had in common was the struggle to make ends meet.

 

Doug Levitt has always been passionate about music and the important role it plays in society¬ – that of telling stories which may otherwise be difficult to tell. He discovered his love for music at a very tender age and even sang in his high school gospel choir. He grew up in DC and went to DC public schools. This exposed him to people from different backgrounds and he learnt to be a keen observer and realized that he indeed enjoyed it. This is where he drew his inspiration for the Greyhound project.

 

The Greyhound project has had a great impact on millions of lives in the U.S and beyond, and it continues to touch the lives of many, including that of Doug Levitt himself. Interacting with all those people and listening to their stories has helped him come to terms with his father’s suicide, something he has struggled with for a long time. It also helped him to, in a way, tell his own story, something he was eager to do but only realized this after he started the project. It has been very successful and Doug Levitt expects even greater success from the project in the years to come.