Since 2004, artist Doug Levitt has been traveling across America as a passenger on Greyhound buses, and has been chronicling his experiences in a multi-media project titled The Greyhound Diaries.Born in Washington, D.C. in 1972, Doug Levitt is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics.Prior to embarking on an arts career, Mr. Levitt worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent for several major news outlets.
The Greyhound Diaries originally started out as a short-term project that was inspired by the WPA federal work programs of the 1930s. Now, more than 12 years and 120,000 bus miles later, Doug Levitt has assembled quite an impressive collection of songs, images and stories from his journeys.The stories that Levitt writes about the people that he meets on board Greyhound buses are gripping, and reveal a cross-section of America that is almost hidden in plain sight. Through different sets of circumstances, all of these people find themselves riding on a long-distance bus, and Levitt tells their stories in an honest and interesting manner.
A wealth of photographs featuring people and sights that Levitt has encountered on his travels are an integral part of The Greyhound Diaries. A diverse group of subjects are shown waiting at bus terminals, riding on the motor coaches, and relaxing during rest stops along the way.So far, The Greyhound Diaries have yielded two EP recordings and an online series. Live public performances of Mr. Levitt’s show, that is based on his bus trips, have been, and are presented at a wide variety of venues around the world.