The world can be a cruel place when viewed at arm’s length. Through the outlets of the media, we see mostly the worst that man has to offer to his fellow man. Every now and again though, something shines through all the negativity to bring us back into what it means to be a person – not your race, creed or job nor how much you make. The Stuff that binds us together just for being people. All of this rings especially true in an election year.
Enter Doug Levitt. DC born and bred into a political family. He was a Foreign Correspondent that was based in London for many years, and he covered mostly areas of conflict: especially the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He decides one day to crisscross the Nation and make multimedia composites of the stories and lives of the people he met and who shared their stories with him.
Not only has Doug been able to truly make the best for himself out of a bad situation – he started riding the Greyhound buses to get from gig to gig – but he is also bringing to light some of the plight of those segments of the population that have no other alternative but to ride the bus cross country. He is truly passionate about the “Narrative Gap” that he mentions disconnects the American Public from the true faces of Poverty, because as he says “numbers are just numbers.”
In 2004, right before the historic 2008 crash, he took to the road in what he calls a “downwardly mobile spiral” to ride Greyhound buses across the country and speak to those who have no other means to travel, except to take the bus. He tells the stories of those he met through his EP, book, and website that all bear the same, or similar names. In an interview with Public Radio Tulsa, he confides that he was likely able to hear these people’s stories because, in the moments that he was riding with them, he was on the same level “status-wise” as the other riders.
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