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.