The Greyhound Diaries: Doug Levitt’s Experiences of Travelling by the Greyhound Buses

Doug Levitt has used the Greyhound buses to travel 120,000 miles across America for the past 13 years. He also composed the Greyhound Diaries from the experiences he encountered while riding the Greyhound buses. The Greyhound Diaries is a base for the EP recording and a web series. Doug said that he modeled the project based on the 1930s’ WPA initiative. Doug Levitt who is also a former CNN war correspondent rode the bus when he was participating in the registration process for John Kerry, a Democratic presidential nominee.

Experiences at Greyhound

Doug cited that buses tended to carry many ex-offenders. This is because ex-convicts would be given a bus pass in many states. For instance, Doug’s seatmate who was an ex-convict explained to him the prison system where inmates experienced racial discrimination. Doug added that the bus carried people who had issues like poverty, mental illness, and addiction.

Doug remembered his father’s death when he was 16 years old. He stated that he was able to overcome that trauma when he shared his story with strangers at the Greyhound. Furthermore, Doug’s seatmates made an impact on him. This included a grandmother who shifted from depression to crack addiction to being a counselor; an army veteran who blamed himself for the death of his colleague in Afghanistan; and a former Marine who was suffering from panic attacks.

Doug noted that riding the Greyhound enabled him to get an understanding of certain sections of the society, for instance, he felt the financial crisis approaching. He also predicted the presidential victory of Donald Trump before it happened. Furthermore, his neo-Nazi seatmate showed him photos of his friends with Donald Trump’s t-shirts and swastikas. Doug Levitt thinks he has earned an invaluable understanding of the society through the Greyhound Diaries project.

Doug Levitt

Doug Levitt is an American singer-songwriter who is well known for his renowned project called the Greyhound Diaries. He is last born of Carol Schwartz and David Schwartz. Doug has a sound educational background. He studied at the Cornell University. Doug later acquired a Fulbright Scholarship where he attended London School of Economics and got his master’s degree in International Relations.

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