‘The Greyhound Diaries’ author and musician Doug Levitt has recently been looking to explain the problems of poverty he has uncovered during his bus riding artistic project that has so far lasted over a decade. Levitt has created two EP’s, a book, and performed at some of the most famous venues in the U.S. to raise awareness of the problems of poverty in America; the issue of poverty is one Levitt argues has been largely ignored by the media who rarely look outside the major metropolitan areas for their news and national narratives.
Doug Levitt did not set out on ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ project expecting it to become a life changing experience, but was instead hoping to find inspiration by taking a six week bus journey that has now become a cause he is often seen as the face of. On the travels he has made across the U.S., Doug Levitt believes many social factors can be blamed for the poverty large swathes of the U.S. face, including the fact that a minimum wage job for a single parent does little to allow the individual to escape the problems they face paying their bills and inspiring their children in the future.
Doug Levitt has created many different forms of media from his many journeys across the U.S., including many live performances that take in spoken word stories of his experiences created from his discussions with people riding buses through economic necessity. It was during his time in London, U.K. that Doug Levitt found the inspiration to return to music and look to bring awareness to social issues he felt his work as a journalist was not reflecting.
One area Doug Levitt believes is a major problem for many living in poverty is the growth in the use of the Internet and Smartphones to make business connections, Levitt reveals in 2005 he saw an average of three laptop computers during each journey and has not seen the number rise over the following decade. Obesity, disease, and mental health issues are all major problems linked to poverty levels that Levitt believes must be faced if the future of the U.S. is to change for the better.