Multimedia artist Doug Levitt believes the vast majority people of the U.S. are being shortchanged when they embark upon an election year as the idea that a single candidate for President can bring about a major change on the way the U.S. performs for all its citizens is a false one. Traveling by bus to develop “The Greyhound Diaries” provided Levitt with a new outlook on politics and how they affect the vast majority at the sharpest end of U.S. society, which is ironic as the initial journey that inspired Doug Levitt on his more than decade long bus journey was one to campaign for the Presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004.
Although he was faced with the politics of poverty and social injustice when beginning his journey that would become “The Greyhound Diaries”, Levitt states the project has actually depoliticized him in many ways as the outcome of an election matters little to those living in the heart of the U.S. In a bid to get a complete overview of how the people of the U.S. are feeling about life in many different ways, Doug Levitt believes his project, “The Greyhound Diaries” should act as a barometer as the Greyhound bus line along serves over 2,000 destinations; the artist states this compares to Southwest Airlines 72 destinations across the country to show the bus is still the most popular form of transport for those living in poverty across the U.S.
Doug Levitt has been searching for the truth about many different aspects of life for a number of years, including his time spent as a student of the scientists Carl Sagan during his undergraduate studies at Cornell University. Although Doug Levitt seemed to have reached a high level of success as a journalist based in London for many major networks he was pulled back to artistic pursuits following the death of his father; Levitt began playing with a band in the U.K. and later returned to the U.S. where he has based much of his work in Nashville to work with a number of respected musicians on “The Greyhound Diaries” project.