Greyhound buses are noted for traveling to the smallest towns and communities as they move from one location to another. Doug Levitt, the author of The Greyhound Diaries, rode Greyhound buses over 120,000 miles in 13 years, and he has creatively documented his experiences with photographs, a book, and story-telling shows across the United States.
Not only did he provide insight and compassion for the low-income citizens who mainly travel on Greyhound, but he introduced key political lessons on the poverty culture.
Doug Levitt began his journey as an art project in motion, but it soon became a way of life for him. He interacted with the passengers and became friends with some of them, documenting his trips to show the struggle of American citizens in their homeland.
Doug found a wide array of people on his rides, and he once spent a 20-hour ride seated next to a neo-Nazi, ex-offender. He explained that typically there are many ex-convicts who were just released from prison because state prisons provide a bus pass to the area where they were convicted and Doug’s lacrosse camp.
Doug Levitt began his career as a foreign correspondent for CNN while living in London. He was often sent to areas of war such as Iraq, Syria, and Indonesia. He was born and raised in Washington DC, and both of his parents were involved in the political arena. He grew up observing people and interacting with government officials, so it was natural for him to fall into being a war correspondent and his Twitter.
It also fit his character and personality to embark on an art project such as documenting his experiences on a Greyhound bus. Actually, Levitt was working to register voters for John Kerry in 2004 when he slipped into The Greyhound Diaries.
Kerry was the Democratic presidential nominee, and it was Levitt’s goal to reach as many people as possible, so he rode buses across the country to unknown destinations to register voters. When the drive was over, he continued on with only his guitar because he had never seen American society as he was seeing it. He turned his expedition into a cultural expression. and The Greyhound Diaries were created and more information click here.