Modern Day Jack Kerouac Goes On The Road in ‘The Greyhound Diaries’

Reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s famous novel On The Road, Doug Levitt picks up the mantle of the traveling wordsmith for a new generation in his novel The Greyhound Diaries.

Doug Levitt took to the road for what would become an 8-year project where he would meet a myriad of travelers from all walks of life. He would preserve their stories in song, text, and images.

After graduating from Cornell University, Levitt received a Fulbright Scholarship. He also has his masters degree from the London School of Economics in which he studied International relations.

Going from scholar to storyteller might not be the most obvious path for one to take.

When asked why he chose to hit the road on a greyhound bus Levitt replied, “I felt that I needed to become an artist and that that mode of expression was really going to be the road for me.”

And that’s just what he did in The Greyhound Diaries. Traveling cross-country in a cramped and congested bus, you get to meet interesting people and hear their stories, the everyman stories that often get overlooked.

Levitt was inspired by his travels and the meet he has met and has even turned them into two EP recordings and put his musical talent to good use just as he was putting his journalistic talent to good use.

Prior to becoming an artist of the people, Levitt was a former CNN correspondent and journalist. So putting pen to paper and bring a story to life is something that comes naturally to him.

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