“The Greyhound Diaries” is a labor of love for musician and multimedia artist Doug Levitt, who has spent a large amount of the last decade criss-crossing the country by bus looking to uncover what he believes to be the real America. Across the nation, Doug Levitt has sought out the stories of everyday people he believes have been left behind by their leaders at a national and local level; Levitt understands the problems of local politics as he grew up with his mother a former candidate for Mayor of the U.S. Capital, Washington D.C.
Doug Levitt credits his mother with giving him an informed level of understanding about the role he should play in the lives of members of the wider community, an aspect of life he has continued to take part in across the last decade. Among the talents that have taken Levitt on his journey into “The Greyhound Diaries” is the ability to talk to people from a range of different backgrounds; Doug Levitt explains he was taken to different church services as a child because his mother played a key role in different communities despite the family’s strong roots in Judaism. Doug Levitt on Twitter.
“The Greyhound Diaries” has been ongoing since 2004 when the initial trip taken by Doug Levitt left the former journalist with the impression an economic disaster was just around the corner. As an artistic and social project the issue of poverty running through “The Greyhound Diaries” the continued chronicling of the problems felt before, during, and after the 2008 economic crisis that was foretold by Doug Levitt over the course of his bus journey.
The life of Doug Levitt can be viewed as being lived in two separate halves of his initial success as a foreign correspondent and the second as an artist achieving much as a musician and author. Levitt has been inspired by the WPA broadcasts of depression era America that were created by artists seeking to record the one of the most important moments in American history; since finding success as an artist Levitt has performed at some of the leading music venues in the U.S. and traveled to the U.K. to continue his work.