There are not a lot of people in America that take the Greyhound buses by choice. However, author Doug Levitt has traveled thousands of miles in these buses, documenting the stories of people he has met on as well as off the buses.
Before engaging in his Greyhound project, Doug Levitt was a journalist for some of America’s top media stations. Levitt’s journalist career was a war correspondent, and he traveled to war-torn areas such as Bosnia, Iran, and Rwanda reporting for various stations including CNN and MSNBC.
Levitt decided to switch careers and become a singer-songwriter. He was also involved in registering voters for John Kerry, who was the presidential contender for the Democratic Party, in 2004. His work involved him traveling in Greyhound buses across America. His fascination with the stories and the people he met on the buses got him hooked, and he has been conducting his Greyhound project ever since.
So far, Levitt has covered over 120,000 miles in the buses since he first started his project. Throughout his journeys, Levitt has managed to record the stories of many Americans who are struggling to survive. The best of his encounters are well detailed in his book, The Greyhound Diaries.
In the book, Doug Levitt shows the broad diversity of the American people that take the bus. Many of the people are facing poverty, while others have seen their lives ruined by drug addictions and mental illness. Levitt also states that ex-offenders are some of the people you are likely to meet in the buses. This is because in some states after the ex-offender is released, they are issued with a bus pass to the place of where they were convicted. Doug’s Media Blog.
The Greyhound Diaries carries a profound message that personal communication helps to break down the social divisions experienced in daily life. Levitt, who is a Jew, elaborates this message by narrating of his encounter with a Neo-Nazi. Although they both might hate each other when they are in their respective social circles, on the bus, they both show compassion towards each other.