Initially, one view as The Greyhound Diaries is a documentary that is meant to showcase dog racing. Or perhaps might be olden times of greyhound breeding. However, neither of the two opinions are correct. The Greyhound Diaries is a documentary that book as well as an album that have been put together by the creative artist/ singer-songwriter known as Doug Levitt, he has spent over 12 years traveling on Greyhound buses around different states in the United States. He has traveled over 120 000 miles for a long time in order to get the stories as well as memories from his fellow travelers who have been struggling just to get by. All through he has written songs taken pictures about the people he met on the bus.
This idea was born in 2004 when Doug took a close look at the poverty statistics and noticed that the numbers were growing from 37 million to 49 million. Though numbers can tell you just as much, Doug was interested to gain more insight about the adverse of poverty. His mission drew inspiration from the 1930’s project known as WPA that was aimed at assisting individuals to escape the poverty that was brought about by the Great Depression. One thing that particularly struck him was the different type of people he met on his trips. Throughout his journey, he met urban, rural, Amish, Veterans, Latino, white, elderly amongst others. One factor that stood out among all those people is that they could not afford to drive or fly to their destination. They have not smart phone or laptops and they couldn’t afford a car. His stories and his images are captured in a digital memoir that is known as The Greyhound Diaries.
Doug Levitt was born in 1972 in Washington, D.C. where he attended D.C a public school, he graduates from Woodrow High School. He enrolled at Cornell University while he was studying he was privileged to take classes under the well-known astrophysicist Carl Sagan. Later he pursued a master’s degree in International Relations at the prestigious London school as result of scholarship. He has worked as a journalist at CNN.