The Astrologer's Song: Norman Mailer and Gary Gilmore Under the Utah Sky

A few weeks ago I spent a morning at the Norman Mailer archives at the University of Texas looking through the research materials for The Executioner's Song, Mailer's 1979 account of the life and death of Utah murderer Gary Gilmore. Around me, students in white gloves turned the pages of leather-bound books so… »2/25/15 11:59am2/25/15 11:59am

Female Runner Who Uses Nike+ to Draw Dicks Is an American Hero

Most runners I know who are not also liars acknowledge that running sucks much (okay, most) of the time. Usually, I deal with how much I hate it by complaining about it to people who really, truly do not care. But one San Francisco woman has channeled that love-hate relationship into something beautiful: using the… »8/05/14 4:00pm8/05/14 4:00pm

When A Famed Nike Coach Tried To Steal A Race, A Track Protest Was Born

The scene was unprecedented: seven runners walking off the track hand in hand, in quiet protest against their own governing body. The women had just run the 1,500-meter race at the U.S. indoor national championships on Feb. 23 in Albuquerque. The day before, the winner of the 3,000-meter race, Gabe Grunewald, had been… »3/07/14 5:43pm3/07/14 5:43pm

Nike's 'Gold Digging' T-Shirt Is for Women Only

We're divided on whether Nike's "Gold Digging" shirt, which the company says "uses a phrase in an ironic way that is relevant given it was released just as the world focused on the success of female athletes," is problematic — especially since it's only available in women's sizes. Have we really come far enough in… »8/16/12 12:00pm8/16/12 12:00pm

Coco Rocha Will Pull a Tyra and Coach Up-and-Coming Models on TV

Coco Rocha has announced that she is officially the third coach on the new model search show The Face . The two other coaches are Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova; Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker will serve as the host. Expect this to be a more serious take than ANTM; Coco says: "As mentors to the girls, we… »7/26/12 12:30pm7/26/12 12:30pm

'When I Was Growing Up, Girls Just Didn't Run in Public'

Nike is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX with an ad called "Voices." Using the hashtag #maketherules, female athletes — Olympic boxer Marlen Esparza, women's basketball legend Lisa Leslie, WNBA star Diana Taurasi, and Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the world's first gold medal for women's marathon at the… »6/25/12 11:10am6/25/12 11:10am

Track Coach Fired After She Went to Prom With a 17-Year-Old Student

If you were a married woman who worked with children, you think you'd know better than to go to the prom with one of your students. But apparently Melissa Bowerman, 41, did not. She and her husband Jon Bowerman, 73, are the volunteer track coaches at a small high school in Eastern Oregon. In a strange twist, Bowerman… »5/21/12 11:55pm5/21/12 11:55pm