Finding the Real Heart of America Through Doug Levitt’s “The Greyhound Diaries”

In 2016, the majority of people in the U.S. were glued to their television screens in a bid to decided who would become the President of the United States; the musician and multimedia artist Doug Levitt has explained his belief that many people in the heartlands of the U.S. have little to no interest in the election as it does not have any effect on their lives. Doug Levitt explains many of the people he travels with on the bus where he interviews and talks to individuals choosing to ride to their destination by this form of public transport do not feel politicians in Washington D.C. have any understanding of the problems they face each day.

In the heartland of the U.S. the majority are looking to simply survive and use the bus for transportation as they have little option, the Greyhound services move between more than 2,000 destinations across the nation. Levitt explains the majority of people traveling by bus are still living in the same fashion they were when he began “The Greyhound Diaries” project in 2004; in terms of technology, the artist explains there are still very few laptops carried or used on buses by people using these services.

Although he travels extremely lightly over the course of his journeys that have taken in more than 120,000 miles over more than 13 years, Doug Levitt has taken his career in a new direction with the use of a YouTube Channel that shows his success as a singer-songwriter. Levitt has also completed a book based on his experiences creating “The Greyhound Dairies” project and has developed a reputation as a leading live performer for his musical and spoken word events. To know more click here.

Doug Levitt has made clear his views on the way his life as a member of one of the prominent political families in Washington D.C. informed his life and the decisions he has made in terms of his career. Exploring the world has always been a major part of the life of Doug Levitt who completed his studies at the London School of Economics and have continued as he has moved across the U.S. to create his “The Greyhound Diaries” project.


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