Doug Levitt was an international correspondent based in London, having reported for the television networks CNN, NBC and ABC. Levitt attended school in Washington, DC, the son of a Republican DC Councilmember. While in school he participated in sports and sang in a gospel choir.Mr. Levitt became a singer songwriter and took to riding the out stretched gray ribbon of America on a Greyhound Bus. This was in an effort to gather the stories, memories, songs and pictures of America. He explained his decision to take the bus by telling his fans and followers most people do not take the bus unless they have to. This allowed Mr. Levitt to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and who may be struggling just to get by.
As a result of traveling more than 70,000 miles in 7 years, the Greyhound Diaries were born. It is an endeavor Mr. Levitt based on the WPA initiatives during the 1930’s. The stories contained in a novel tell the story of ordinary, everyday citizens and their lot in life. Levitt also tells the stories in songs that have been extracted from the novel. The Greyhound Diaries serves to remind those that are in power in this country there is another world beyond the world they know.
Levitt found differences around the country based on the political and economic climate of the time. The Diaries underscore the commonality rather than the differences between people in this country. The commonality is identified by sharing stories while riding the bus and passing the time with other passengers. People are willing to share stories to demonstrate to themselves and others that no one is an island. No one is taking on a world by themselves and others are in the same position. The point Mr. Levitt is making with the Greyhound Diaries is connecting with others is sometimes as simple as sharing a story with others. It takes a diverse population and their stories to connect a cross section of people no matter what their social or economic status is. Levitt also discovered that listening to others stories and sharing his own story by passes labels that people like to bestow on others.