The Greyhound Diaries is a project initiated by Doug Levitt, and it encompasses stories, songs, and images of fellow travelers. The Greyhound Diaries has displayed several WPA-era projects that have shown an American portrait over a period of more than 13 years, and over120, 000 miles across the United States.
The main aim of Greyhound Diaries is to tell the stories of struggling Americans because individuals in this class are the ones that mostly that use the bus as a form of transportation. Doug explains that through his journey he has met several people from all walks of lives including recently released inmates and Army Veterans.
Moreover, he explains that while on the bus one is surrounded by people facing poverty, drug addiction, or suffering from various mental sicknesses. According to Doug, his experiences on the Greyhound buses led him to understand several political issues as well as poverty and alienation. For this reason, he was able to predict the impending financial crisis as well as Donald Trump’s presidential win one year before it occurred.
Additionally, the Greyhound Diaries has led to two records. Photo exhibits, a one-person show, a web series, and published writings. Besides Greyhound Diaries has been featured on many media houses like CNN, Fox News MSNBC, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal. Click here to know more.
About Doug Levitt
Doug Levitt is a Jewish American artist who is well known for his project ‘The Greyhound Diaries.’ Before he started his long journey of using the bus to travel across the country, Mr. Levitt worked as an international correspondent based in London and was dispatched to broadcast news in several war zone regions including Iran, Rwanda, and Bosnia for media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and ABC. Doug attained his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and did Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Doug is the last born of Carol Schwartz, a former Washington, DC city council associate and a mayoral contender, and David Schwartz. Levitt’s dad committed suicide when he was 16, a traumatizing experience that he had shared with some of his travelers and that helped him to deal with it.