The Greyhound Diaries Project Takes A Look At The Forgotten America

The Greyhound Diaries is a first hand account of the travels of Doug Levitt across America by way of Greyhound line buses. Published as a book, the Greyhound Diaries is a journal of what Doug Levitt experienced during his travel by bus across forgotten towns, rural communities and large cities in the United States. Included in the Greyhound Diaries are conversations that Doug had with fellow travelers on the Greyhound buses and the sights and sounds he saw while crisscrossing the nation.

 

Doug Levitt said that he was inspired to undertake the journey after he came back from a spell of reporting abroad as a foreign correspondent. The global economy was beginning to enter a recession and Doug Levitt wanted to see for himself the suffering and effects of the economic downturn on people all across the nation. Doug also wanted to travel and partake in an adventure. It would be an adventure that was totally different that any one he had experienced so far in his middle class upbringing and professional career.

 

Looking back at the Great Depression and the Works Progress Administration, Doug gleaned inspiration for his Greyhound Diaries adventure from the artists who were hired to cover the struggles and daily life of American during the Great Depression. Doug would be just like these artists. Although, he would be covering a different period. It would be the great recession and the years leading up to it that he would be covering. Doug’s medium would be words, photographs and later on music.

 

The culmination of all of the travels, that span over a decade is the book called the Greyhound Diaries. Doug Levitt has also produced a music album called the Greyhound Diaries LP which describe what Doug Levitt has experienced on his travels throughout the country through music. Mr. Levitt has even began touring various theaters in the country to speak on his journey and perform the songs he composed.

 

Doug Levitt was born in Washington D.C. and raised in an affluent middle class family. After completing college, Mr. Levitt went on to become a news reporter and then a foreign correspondent for several news organizations before coming home and starting his Greyhound Diaries project.

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