How “The Greyhound Diaries” Documents Doug Levitt’s Travels Across The Nation
Doug Levitt is a songwriter, singer, author, and photographer. He has worked for the last several years on, “The Greyhound Diaries”, a collection that explores the lives of the downtrodden who ride Greyhound buses around the nation. Generally speaking, the only people that ride Greyhound buses are those who are too poor to get to another location any other way. It is also a practice at most prisons that when a prisoner is released they are given a Greyhound bus ticket to the city that they had been convicted in.
Before “The Greyhound Diaries” project, Doug Levitt was a war correspondent for CNN and was based in London. He had returned to the United States in 2004 in order to help John Kerry, then the Democratic candidate for president, obtain votes by registering voters who would likely support him. As part of this effort he rode buses around the country. As he became more acquainted with his fellow travelers, Doug Levitt became fascinated with their lives and the stories they had to tell.
Once he decided to create “The Greyhound Diaries”, Doug Levitt took off on Greyhound buses across the U.S. He initially had planned for the project to take six months but that six months has now turned into a 13-year journey. He estimates that he has traveled about 120,000 miles into every part of the nation that a Greyhound route goes to. Along the way, he has learned about a large underclass of people who are mired in poverty and alienated from most of society.In order to document his journey and tell the stories he has learned, Doug Levitt has written a large number of songs. He performs these songs in front of crowds of every type, including everything from the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to homeless shelters in inner cities. He also takes photographs of his journey which he has displayed which includes the people that he has met along the way. Additionally, he has written about his journeys and created a website that documents what he has found.
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