Greyhound Diaries is a project that has lasted more than one decade. The author, Doug Levitt, has traveled over 120000 miles across the United States using Greyhound buses. His vast travel has led to the creation and development of songs, stories, as well as images of his fellow travelers, the majority of whom are struggling to get by. He has traversed the country countless times and even spent seven weeks on a bus. Many people see Greyhound Diaries as a travel project, but Doug Levitt says that it has become a way of life for him.
A few weeks ago, Levitt sat next to a neo-Nazi in a bus who had a Hitler tattoo on his arm and a swastika which symbolizes Aryan Brotherhood, according to a story appearing on UK’s Independent. A Jewish, Doug Levitt admits to having felt scared when the neo-Nazi sat next to him on the bus. As it turned out, he did not have a reason to be afraid as the guy was extremely kind and generous. Besides offering him a tuna sandwich, the neo-Nazi guy also volunteered to kip on the floor and allow Levitt to sleep on the seats during the 20-hour journey. While he may not meet the neo-Nazis often, he has gotten used to meeting and getting up close and personal with the almost forgotten and vulnerable members of the American society. Greyhound Diaries is partly a book research, and partly an art project. From his experiences, Levitt says that traveling by bus is seen as the last resort, and is mostly used by individuals who lack a better alternative.
An American songwriter, Dough Levitt served as a foreign correspondent in London reporting for ABC, NBC, and many others. The former Los Angeles journalist began riding Greyhound buses across the nation with the objective of gathering stories, pictures, songs and memories of the American population that travel by bus. The fact that America is seen as a country where people do not travel by bus unless forced by circumstances, Levitt has encountered people of all sorts who are struggling to survive in one way or another.
Levitt’s bio reveals a boy who sang in a gospel choir at Wilson High School. When asked about it during an interview, he recounts those days, and in the midst of laughter, Levitt says that he was the only Jewish kid singing in the gospel choir during his high school years. The artist explains that music has a special way of speaking to the things that people struggle with, making it an incredible outlet for taking an otherwise difficult situation and converting it into something that is exemplary beautiful and that which is capable of bringing hope.