Doug Levitt may have been traveling the U.S. for over a decade by bus as he has created his constantly evolving art project, “The Greyhound Diaries”, but that does not mean he is not looking for new and improved ways of bringing his work to the attention of the public. Levitt has already released two EP’s of music, written a novel based on his experiences, and toured with his own live multimedia show, but he is now looking to develop a Web series.
The project has come a long way since it began in 2005 after Doug had left his job as an international correspondent for some of the best known news media organizations in the world. On his first bus journey that began the project that has now been ongoing for more than 12 years, Doug Levitt set out with a small amount of money in his pocket and an old laptop he used to record his encounters with fellow bus passengers. Levitt explains his initial journeys by bus could be seen as an early depression period akin to that seen in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century; however, Levitt reports through his Web series the effects of the years prior to the 2008 economic slowdown are still being felt in non metropolitan areas of the U.S., which are largely ignored by the mainstream news outlets.
Doug Levitt has taken his songs, photographs, and writings on the road throughout the evolution of “The Greyhound Diaries” as he has performed at the Woody Guthrie Center, the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. In creating an artistic work that has its heart in the social issues facing the people of the U.S. Doug Levitt is, in some ways, continuing the work of his politician and community leader parents; growing up in Washington D.C. Doug’s mother Carol Schwartz is a City Council member and former candidate for mayor of the capital city.