For many people around the world the U.S. is a dream destination, but the American Dream is often limited to a few metropolitan areas of America where the mainstream media focuses its efforts in gathering and dispersing news. Artist Doug Levitt has been working on an ongoing project for more than a decade that has seen him travel by various bus lines to create what has become known as “The Greyhound Diaries” and has seen him complete bus journeys totaling more than 120,000 miles.
Levitt points to the childhood he enjoyed in Washington D.C. as a reason for his interest in exploring the truth behind poverty and the social crisis that is ongoing across much of the U.S. to this very day. Pointing to the statistics he has seen on poverty levels in the U.S., Doug Levitt reveals he was inspired to explore the issues facing people in the heart of the country, in part by his attendance in Washington’s public school system; Levitt states poverty is seen in the U.S. capital in some communities, but in other neighborhoods Washington can act as a bubble of protection from social and economic crises. Click here to know more.
“The Greyhound Diaries” sees Doug Levitt interact with those who travel by bus as he tours the country from event to event using the bus with little more than a laptop, guitar, and a bag with a few clothes. Levitt tells the stories of the people he meets in the form of songs, writings, spoken word events, and videos shown via a dedicated YouTube channel. Doug Levitt believes his work is important as he is casting a critical eye on the parts of the country that are often given no voice in national politics or the media. A former journalist with some of the top networks in the U.S., Doug Levitt spent much of the 1990s and early 21st century living and working in London before returning to the U.S. and discovering the truth about poverty levels in his home country.