Traveling along the bus lines of the U.S. is something that American artists have a long history of doing as they explore areas of the country that remain largely unknown to the majority of the nation. The latest incarnation of the American artist traveling the country giving a voice to the poorest in the nation is Doug Levitt, a former journalist who is now turning his considerable talents to his own artistic project, “The Greyhound Diaries“.
Over the course of the project, which began as a six week journey in 2008, Doug Levitt has completed more than 120,000 miles and taken over 20,000 images of those he feels need to have their personal stories heard. “The Greyhound Diaries” has taken many different forms over the course of its almost decade long life, including the story of Doug Levitt’s journey and those of the people he met being published in novel form. Perhaps the media Doug Levitt has become most associated with is that of music and the folk rock sound he has created to craft songs that reflect the personal stories of those he has met along his seemingly never ending bus journey.
Doug has also been looking for new ways of getting across his message that the effects of the 2008 economic slowdown and the inequality he feels is still found in the U.S. are still being felt across many parts of the nation. The former international correspondent believes many mainstream media organizations rarely report on the problems facing people across the center of the country; Doug has looked to develop his stage show that brings together spoken word, music, and images to tell the many stories he has uncovered over the course of “The Greyhound Diaries”.
Doug Levitt has always had an inquisitive mind and an interest in many different aspects of life, including his interest in astrophysics that was explored for a time under the leadership of Carl Sagan at Cornell University. Politics and community work have always played a major part in the life of Doug Levitt as his family are some of the best known community leaders in Washington D.C.