Doug Levitt use the buses to mingle with the suffering Americans

Traveling by bus can be exhaustive and utterly soul waning because it takes countless hours to reach your destination. Most of us will prefer taking a flight, and will only consider a bus if we are broke or miss the longevity involved. People take the bus for the fun of it, as a jaunt with friends, or because their towns are far from the airport. Of all the whys and wherefores that cause people to travel by bus, none of them compare to those of Doug Levitt.

Levitt is an American artist who used his bus explorations to expose the woes and insecurities of the overlooked American societies. Born in D.C, Doug Levitt is a son of a council member, Carol Schwartz. He went to D.C. public schools where he sang in choirs and also engaged in sports. During voter’s registration project, Doug developed an interest to know more about the forgotten American societies. He used the Greyhound buses to criss-cross around the country and currently, he has traveled more than 120,000 miles.

While most of us travel absentmindedly, the one-time CNN correspondent used his every moment on the Greyhound to get to know the people he traveled with. He used this opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the people he met. According to him, a bus provides an environment where you can mingle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness. He adds that on a long bus journey people open up and share their wretched moments.It is a fact that our political system and media houses digress when the paucity topic is raised.

However, thanks to people like Levitt, real issues like poverty are getting the attention they deserve. Doug Levitt documented all his encounters in the ‘Greyhound Diaries’ and also in a website where he shares images, videos, and stories about the escapades. His seven years traveling experience provided an insight into every part of the American society and brought into the limelight the paucity and alienation surrounding the forgotten in America. Doug Levitt still travels by bus to meet more people and use his website and songs to talk about the struggling Americans.

 

Doug Levitt Exposes Struggles of Everyday People

As reported by MSNBC, author Doug Levitt has published an incredible novel, “The Greyhound Diaries.” This fantastic work of literature is based on Levitt’s experience traveling more than 70,000 miles in seven years on various Greyhound buses. His journey began in 2004, when Levitt started meeting all kinds of bus passengers in different phases and from different walks of life. He interacted with them as much as possible to learn their unique stories and was excited to share his findings with the world. He wrote songs, took pictures and told the incredible stories of the many people he met along his journey. Often times, the stories are filled with tales of struggle and hardship for average people trying to survive. Some say that the most important contribution of his work is in exposing that there are all sorts of common threads between different people in this country and that many people are suffering from personal tragedies or challenges everyday of their lives. Through Levitt’s innovative work, he exposes the commonality of the human experience and the types of lives that average people in this country are living.

Levitt was born in Washington, D.C. in 1971. As the son of Carol Schwartz, a former candidate for D.C. mayor and former Washington, D.C. City Councilmember, Doug Levitt knew that he wanted to see more of the world from a very young age. He graduated from Cornell University and went on to study at the London School of Economics. Levitt continues to perform selections from his work on “The Greyhound Diaries” and is constantly inspired to produce new material. The true market Levitt has had so far as an artist is in his ability to capture everyday emotion in a different sort of way.

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