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Doug Levitt has travelled over 120,000 miles across the United States aboard Greyhound Buses in 13 years. Doug gets up close and personal with the forgotten underbelly of the American society daily in his part book research part art project. He chose to use this means of transport that is viewed by most Americans as “the last resort.” Doug states that these buses often ferry a lot of ex-offenders as they get bus passes to where they were convicted. He recently met a man who had a swastika tattoo on his arm and they spent the 20-hour journey talking about the prison system. The seat mate explained to Doug how prisoners divide themselves down to racial lines and how they turn into white supremacists fast.
What is The Greyhound Diaries All About?
In 2004, Mr. Levitt who is a former CNN war correspondent, formed part of a team that was encouraging people to register as voters for John Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee then. He boarded these buses and travelled across the U.S. from one undecided town to the other. It was during his travels that he saw something that fascinated him. He managed to met different kinds of people than he had ever met being a broke artist based in LA and having grown up in DC in a middle class family. Doug Levitt sums up his travels in the Greyhound buses as seeing America in the widest ever angle as every strain of the society is found inside the bus. After the elections were over, Doug did not stop traveling with the Greyhound buses. He enjoys sharing the story about his father’s suicide when he was just 16 years old as it has helped him deal with the trauma well.
About Doug Levitt
Doug Levitt is an American writer and singer-songwriter, who is better known for his project “The Greyhound Diaries.” His project has resulted in a number of stories, songs and images of other travelers that he meets on his travels who are struggling to get by. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Levitt is an alumni of Cornell University and later enrolled at the London School of Economics where he did his Masters in International Relations.