“The Greyhound Diaries” Doug Levitt Looks Back to Understand Social Problems in the 21st Century

Making sense of the vast differences in wealth that are seen by people across the U.S. in the 21st century has become a major part of the work completed by artist Doug Levitt during the ambitious and epic bus journey he has taken as part of his “The Greyhound Diaries” project. The basic plan of the project has been to travel by bus and interview fellow passengers to learn about their stories and develop songs, photographic imagery, and various writings that have formed an entire book for Doug Levitt.

Doug Levitt sees himself as harking back to a period of time when the leaders of the federal government in the U.S. wished to ensure future generations had the ability to learn about “The Great Depression” era through sponsored artistic works. These WPA works have become a major source of inspiration for Doug Levitt as he looks to make sure the problems facing U.S. communities since the 2008 economic slowdown are recorded for future generations to explore and relate to; in fact, Doug Levitt identified the economic issues facing the U.S. long before 2008 as he saw the problems expanding over the course of the early years of the 21st century. Levitt has also explained his belief through “The Greyhound Diaries” that the effects of the economic slowdown are still felt in various communities across the nation.

Doug Levitt’s parents were both politically motivated people who stood for election to local office positions, including his local council member mother, Carol Schwartz, who stood for election as the mayor of Washington D.C. Levitt’s father died when Doug was only 16 and is cited by the artist as a major reason for his wish to become an artist exploring the true nature of U.S. society and learn more about Doug Levitt.

Looking at the way the world works in reality has always been a major part of the work of Doug Levitt as his first choice of career was that of foreign correspondent for news media including CNN, ABC, and Reuters. Doug Levitt spent much of his life living and working in London after gaining a scholarship to attend the London School of Economics to study political science and follow his Twitter.

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