Doug Levitt is a renowned artist who expresses himself through songs, stories and art. He is majorly known for his Greyhound Diaries, but before that, he used to work as a war correspondent for a number of mogul media companies including CNN and NBC. His Greyhound Diaries gave gained a great reputation for shinning to light the life of the common man in the US.
Today, Doug Levitt has travelled over 120,000 Miles across the US. His journey started in the year 2004. Initially, he was travelling to get people to register and vote for John Kerry who was the Democratic nominee at the time. He would travel on Greyhound buses and travel to the remotest of places where he would endorse John Kerry. He would also sing to the locals and encourage them to register as voters and vote for John Kerry and what Doug Levitt knows.
But, even when the election period passed, he continued to travel across the country doing what he does best, connecting to people on the buses. Doug Levit says that travelling on buses helps him interact with people who have various issues they are struggling with in life- From poverty, addiction to mental illness. These are all issues that he has noted to be common with most of the bus travellers. He says that on the buses, he is able to share his deepest stories, which move other people to also share their intimate stories. In this way, Doug Levit views conversations held on these buses as a form of therapy, just that you don’t have to pay for any session.
Why Greyhound Buses? Doug Levit chose to collect his stories from the Greyhound buses as this is one company that has buses travelling to the remotest parts of the country. He knows well that, you will not find on a bus, someone who can afford to buy a car. Also, he understands that most people who travel through these buses live in small towns and as such have no airports nearing them. Therefore, he is more likely to understand the daily struggles of these people.