49 million Americans live in poverty. This is a statistic that may not mean much to the person who reads it, but author Doug Levitt puts a face to this number with his revealing look at the forgotten stories of America. “The Greyhound Diaries” is a collection of stories and songs written by Levitt after a 7 year, 70,000 mile journey through his inspiration.
The novelty of Levitt’s work is that these stories reflect the reality that poverty stricken Americans are interesting, adept, and eager to be revealed as such. Our society is shaped to punish those born into the cycle of poverty and keep them treading the waters of inevitable loss.
Doug Levitt is a singer and songwriter who worked in the Middle East and Africa as a correspondent for ABC, NBC, and MSNBC. His folk style voice and bleeding heart give a portrait of a broken segment of America on which we are building our future.
Raised in Washington D.C. and perhaps bathed in the political dichotomy of that city, Levitt graduated from Cornell University and began a successful career as an international correspondent before pursuing his music. However, Levitt is a quintessential artist, capturing sound, image, and text from his travels on a Greyhound Bus, talking to the people who make the frame of American society; even if they are overshadowed by the moguls who exploit them.
The Greyhound Diaries allow us to get on the platform of those struggling to get by and help the reader or listener bridge the gaps in their own broken stories. Doug Levitt is truly gifted in his storytelling and his work will rival those of the most famous to proceed him.