Doug Levitt has become popular because of his research book titled The Greyhound Diaries. Levitt has toured 120,000 miles across America by the Greyhound buses for more than 13 years, where he gathered songs, stories, pictures, and memories. Doug Levitt cited that traveling contributed greatly to his book since he met ex-offenders who were willing to share their stories. For instance, he described a swastika-sporting neighbor who had spent some time in prison. The ex-convict told Levitt that inmates had a tendency of practicing racism.Levitt, who is also the former London-based foreign correspondent and a singer-songwriter, mentioned that The Greyhound Diaries project was the foundation for a pair of EP recordings. Further, he added that the project was an endeavor that he originally modeled from the 1930s’ WPA initiatives. Moreover, those initiatives were federally sponsored efforts that would expose America at a crisis point historically.
The Experiences at the Greyhound Buses
Doug Levitt’s father committed suicide and passed on when he was 16 years old. That incident became instrumental in his ambition to become an artist. Moreover, he ended up overcoming his trauma when he shared his story with the strangers he encountered in the Greyhound buses.Levitt mentioned some inspirational people who had made changed his life while traveling. They include an army veteran who kept blaming himself for the death of his colleague in Afghanistan, as well as an ex-marine with panic attacks. Levitt cited that people did not discuss politics while in the bus because it might cause trouble. However, sharing of personal stories acted as an invaluable therapy.
Doug Levitt is the last born of Carol Schwartz and David Schwartz. He studied at the public schools of Washington, D.C. and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Levitt later attended Cornell University. Further, he acquired a Fulbright Scholarship that earned him a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.Levitt changed his career from being a London-based correspondent to a singer-songwriter, while in London. Later, Levitt worked with David Henry, a distinguished American producer. David produces records for Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse, and Guster. Further, David collaborated with Levitt to form The Greyhound Diaries.