Normally, people ride the Greyhound bus as an affordable way to get around the country. Perhaps they have some cousins who live in Birmingham, AL and they have not seen them in a while. May be they were on a budget and did not want to spend a lot of money traveling. Oftentimes, people do not feel compelled to create a project that revolves entirely around Greyhound.
For many people, it would be unbearable. They would go insane. However, Doug Levitt is not a typical passenger of Greyhound. Also, Doug Levitt has not lived a conventional life. In fact, Doug Lewitt is a former CNN war correspondent with a knack for art. Aside from being an artist and a former journalist from Los Angeles, Doug Lewitt is a Jew from a middle class background. For the past 13 years, Doug has traveled around 120,000 miles across America using the Greyhound bus.
What makes Doug Levitt’s perspective unique is the type of people he met while using the service. More than often, Doug encountered some relatively sketchy people. In fact, Doug encountered what he referred to as the “underbelly” of our society. Normally, Doug ran into ex-cons, neo-Nazis, and so forth. In 2004, Doug Levitt’s adventurous life played hand in hand with with John Kerry’s campaign to court registered voters. Eventually, riding the Greyhound bus would become a way of life for Doug Levitt.
In fact, he once spent seven consecutive weeks using the Greyhound bus service. In particular, Doug Levitt’s project speaks for a sect of our society that is normally silenced. His experiences gave voice to the voiceless. His findings are exactly something this nation needs to hear. No one would have thought in a million years someone used the Greyhound bus services as frequently as Doug Levitt. Not only would it be time consuming, it would also be tiresome.