Artists in the United States have a tradition of traveling a lot. These artists usually move for some reasons among them exploration, understanding and the urge to try to explain the vast and Brobdingnagian American landscape. They try to tell a story of the world existing beyond the daily captions. In critical moments, such as national crisis, the tradition tends to take on much appreciation. Moments of a national crisis could be when a country is struggling through economic catastrophe or a snarl-up in politics. In addition, this serves as a reminder to the people in charge, that there is another real world beyond their trammels.
The Greyhound Diaries is a live multimedia and musical carried into action by Doug Levitt. He has traveled over ten years and has had over 100,000 Greyhound miles giving chronicles of his fellow travelers. He renders the stories in songs, words, and images. The inspiration for his performances comes from The Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects. His performances illuminate on struggles and inequalities that people face. Doug has had his performances in a wide range of locale. These venues include The Kennedy Center, Walter Reed Army Hospital, homeless shelters, halfway houses, universities, and national media outlets among others. The Greyhound Diaries is the remindful and moving rumination of travel by way of a bus.
In late 2004, Doug Levitt set for his first journey. It was a six-week bus tour. He carried with him a guitar, a digital camera, and a duct-taped laptop. He had the sole intentions and aims of shedding the light on the least contemplated in our daily dissertations and the working poor.
Douglas Levitt Schwartz was born in 1972 in America. He is an American singer-songwriter, activist, photographer, and a writer chiefly known for his eight-year project, The Greyhound Diaries. His primary instruments are guitar and piano. Formerly, Doug Levitt was a foreign correspondent for ABC and NBC among others; he was based in London and dispatched from Iran, Rwanda, and Bosnia.
He is a one-time CNN correspondent who grew up as the son of former D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz. He attended D.C. public schools, where he played sports and sang in a gospel choir. His writing has made appearances in The Sunday Times of London, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of the Washington, D.C., public schools and Cornell University. He received his Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics.