Doug Levitt is an American artist born in 1972. He is best known for The Greyhound Diaries. He graduated from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree. He then joined the London School of Economics for his Master’s Degree in international relations.
Levitt became a foreign correspondent while living in London. He then switched to become a singer-songwriter. He met with a fellow American by the name David Henry, a famous record producer. Together, they engaged in a long-term project called The Greyhound Diaries.
Doug Levitt and the Greyhound Diaries
The Greyhound Diaries is a program that has been existence for over ten years. The project is characterized by the use of Greyhound buses to travel. Levitt rides in the bus to collect stories, songs, and memories among others of struggling bus travelers. This program provides the riders with an opportunity to share their American experiences.
After collecting the different experiences, Levitt then shares with the various audiences. At the events, he performs songs, shares different pictures, and narrates stories of his experience.
Doug Levitt says what motivated him most to start the project was the high poverty levels in America that didn’t make headlines. He was also inspired by the Works Progress Administration era programs. He thought he could get on the roads, collect, and share the experiences of the struggling travelers.
Levitt says he was a broke artist when he started this program. Therefore, he did not get a lot of challenges when interacting with the bus travelers. His work also didn’t get the attention he was expecting at first. But he kept working hard.
He has learned that America is very evocative and populous. Also, he has identified areas of commonality despite the diversity of the country.
He also says that despite his mother being a Republican, she is more liberal on many issues. This has helped him develop an open mind and not to define a person depending on his or her affiliation. His experience on the bus has shown that people’s experiences are not tied to any affiliation.
Role of the Greyhound Diaries
It offers the Americans with a platform to share and know the shared experiences irrespective of one’s location or background.
- It widens people’s knowledge by sharing other people’s experience.
- It provides Americans with relevant facts that are not shared elsewhere.