Doug Levitt is an artist and a former journalist. He has spent the past 13 years of his life traveling across the United States of America using the bus line of Greyhound. In the United States that bus line is viewed as a very last resort. Doug Levitt, however, has travelled more than 120 000 miles across the United States in order to do enough research for his book called The Greyhound Diaries.
Over the course of his travel research, Doug Levitt has met people from the underbelly of America. He has travelled hours on end sitting next to ex-offenders who have just been released from jail, neo-Nazis, and more. Doug Levitt has travelled the United States of America from side to side more than 20 times in those 13 years.
One of the latest experiences that Doug Levitt had was to ride the Greyhound bus for 20 hours next to a Neo-Nazi. The man had a tattoo of Hitler, and a number of gang member tattoos as well. Doug Levitt is Jewish so sitting next to a neo-Nazi quite naturally was terrifying to him. The man actually offered Levitt a tuna sandwich and kipped on the floor so that Levitt could have a nap on the two seats a bit more comfortably. The man Levitt had to travel next to explained the way jail is like for convicts at length. He gave an extensive explanation on where convicts separate based on race among other things. Doug’s media blog.
Doug Levitt shares that he might be the only person on those busses that is taking the bus by choice and not because of necessity. He also shares that he is surrounded by the most overlooked people. Society turns their backs to the kinds of people that board the bus. Doug Levitt has been sitting among people coming from poverty and homelessness. Many people are runaways or former convicts, or are suffering from a mental illness and addiction. It is a blend of lives that can’t be found anywhere else. On the long bus journeys those people start peeling of the façade layer by layer and Doug Levitt can witness the real person who riding next to him.