It has become quite apparent, more so recently with the current political climate, that there exist a great divide between the very different versions of America many of its inhabitants see inn their own portion of this country.
The truth being that a great majority of this county’s inhabitants are under represented or unknown to another large swath of the population. As this disconnect between middle America and the coasts pushes to further separate our country, one man’s work has sought to find the bridge between each separate vision of America and help us take a look at what we truly have become.
The Greyhound Diaries Paints Realistic Picture of America but one that still has Hope
Doug Levitt’s Greyhound Diaries tells his journey traveling across the country utilizing only the Greyhound Bus system. Told through several different mediums including sets of stories, collections of poems, and several songs the Greyhound Diaries captures all of the people, moments, and realizations that Doug Levitt encountered as he crossed across the country. As the writer, poet, musician, and former war correspondent met new people he was able to piece together a better picture of the citizens that inhabit this country. Far from the air brushed and focus grouped images of people that dominate our air waves. Instead each encounter produces a nuanced vision a person who is simply living with the circumstances they have been dealt.
Though the Greyhound Diaries can easily be compared to other great works of literature that were able to capture the spirit of America in their own individual eras such as Jack Kerouac’s own On the Road or perhaps even John Steinbeck’s Grape of Wrath, it would be unfair to the originality found throughout the Greyhound Diaries.
As the Greyhound Diaries are uniquely an expression Doug Levitt’s own journey but somehow very much an expression of ourselves as well.
If you would like to learn more about Doug Levitt’s Greyhound Diaries or hear some of his own original music please visit his web page CreativeVisions.com or read more about his time on the road at the Independent.co.uk.