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Help! My Travel Agency Shut Down and I’m Out $2,000
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Help! My Travel Agency Shut Down and I’m Out $2,000

Dear Tripped Up,Earlier this year, I used STA Travel to book a British Airways flight from Tucson, Ariz., to South Africa, scheduled to depart in March. Then the pandemic hit, one of the flight legs was canceled and I canceled my trip. After some back and forth, STA secured a refund from British Airways. I was told by an STA representative that my airfare — $2,059.36 — would be credited back to my credit card account within 60 days. Two months came and went. Then I learned that STA had gone out of business. KaitlinDear Kaitlin,When I first read your email, I was hit with an inkling of hope that your credit card company could rush in and save the day. Still, I set off to learn more about the laws and policies at play, so I did usually do when I start a Tripped Up column: I emailed some i
Four Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Might Change Entertainment
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Four Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Might Change Entertainment

The year 2020 will be remembered in the entertainment business as a time of delayed movie releases, suspended filming schedules and canceled concert tours. But the industry is also preparing for the coronavirus pandemic to reshape its means of creating and distributing art.Hollywood producers and Imagine Entertainment co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard said the future of cinema is heading into uncharted territory, speaking Tuesday at the WSJ Tech Live conference, which was held virtually. And in a separate conversation, Grammy-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff explained how Covid -19 has altered both his creative process and fans’ ability to discover new music. “I feel terrible for new and younger artists who need to be out there, performing [to establish
‘Rebecca’ Debuts on Netflix This Week. The Book Is Even More Tantalizing.
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‘Rebecca’ Debuts on Netflix This Week. The Book Is Even More Tantalizing.

In the Transporting Reads series, we revisit beloved books that spirit us away–and deconstruct them in terms of location, food, fashion and more. Previous installments are here. IF YOU’VE NEVER read Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca,” you’re in for a surprise. Initially dismissed by critics as women’s romance fiction, this 1938 bestseller delivers plot twists, promiscuity, dark secrets and, best of all, backstabbing servants. But it's since been celebrated by feminist scholars for its critique of gender roles. On the surface, it tells the story of a mousy young woman—the traveling companion to a nosy American matron—who meets the wealthy and withholding widower Maxim de Winter while he’s on holiday in Monte Carlo, and marries him. When the trembling bride arrives at Manderley, his British es
Flight Attendants Face an Uncertain Future
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Flight Attendants Face an Uncertain Future

“My grandma used to fly in the times when it was super-glamorous,” Ms. Ticknor, 29, said. “She took movie actors on her planes. She had to quit because she married my grandpa, and you couldn’t be married and be a stewardess. My mom was a gate agent, and she had the same experiences. She met a ton of famous people. We always went on vacations because we would always fly for free.”Early on in her career, Ms. Ticknor, who lives in Denver, relished the freedom to travel. Now that she’s a mother of two, she appreciates the job’s flexibility. “I get to spend a lot of time with them, but my husband also gets a lot of time with them when I’m away on a trip,” she said.Ms. Ticknor hasn’t flown since March, when she was pregnant with her second child. Now she’s not sure when she will again. In the
House Hunting in Scotland: Vintage Mansion Meets Modern Style for $2 Million
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House Hunting in Scotland: Vintage Mansion Meets Modern Style for $2 Million

A Three-Bedroom House With Modern Embellishments$2.1 MILLION (1.6 MILLION BRITISH POUNDS)This three-bedroom home is nestled in the center of Pencaitland, a village about 12 miles east of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Originally the south wing of a 17th-century mansion house on a vast estate, the 3,395-square-foot house now occupies a 1.35-acre lot and was fully renovated by the current owners in 2005, said Jamie Macnab, director of country house sales at Savills, which has the listing.The renovation included the conversion of a former brew house and ice house on the property into entertainment spaces, and the addition of two glassed-in garden rooms.The property’s original front gates open onto a tree-lined gravel drive that leads to a parking area. The main entrance opens directly in
Disneyland and Other California Theme Parks Get Rules for Reopening
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Disneyland and Other California Theme Parks Get Rules for Reopening

California health officials issued long-awaited guidance for reopening theme parks in the state on Tuesday, setting targets for when attractions like Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, and Universal Studios Hollywood, in Los Angeles, can open their doors. For the big parks, it could be a long road: their counties must reach the least-restrictive “yellow” tier of the state’s four-tier Covid-19 economic-reopening plan.In terms of coronavirus cases, Orange County, home to Disneyland, is currently in the “red,” or second, tier and Los Angeles County, Universal Studios’ location, is currently in the most restrictive “purple” tier. It could be months before either county meets the guidelines for the “yellow” tier, which requires there be fewer than one case a day per 100,000 residents and a testi
Men’s Nail Polish Is Taking Off—Why Now?
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Men’s Nail Polish Is Taking Off—Why Now?

IN LATE SEPTEMBER, the ever-giddy rapper Lil Yachty took to TikTok to flaunt his freshly painted fingernails—each talon its own meticulous canvas. On his right hand, two nails were embellished with, respectively, a cow pattern and an image of the earth, while his pointer displayed an approximation of the album cover for Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.” On his left hand, his nails showcased a cutesy panda, the BMW logo and a petrified looking snowman. Mr. Yachty’s digits were certainly exceptional when it came to the prowess of his nail-artist, whose identity the rapper declined to reveal. What’s no longer extraordinary: the fact that a male rapper would get his nails painted at all. The list of male pop-cultural figures with is long and getting longer:
Writers Rumaan Alam and Bryan Washington on Capturing Reality in Their Fiction
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Writers Rumaan Alam and Bryan Washington on Capturing Reality in Their Fiction

Writers Bryan Washington and Rumaan Alam have never met in person, though they’re intimately familiar with each other’s work. Alam, 43, who lives in Brooklyn, has been teaching Washington’s 2019 collection of short stories, Lot, to his class at Columbia University, and Washington, 27, who teaches at Rice University and lives in Houston, read Alam’s recent bestseller, Leave the World Behind, before it was published earlier this month. As their novels—both with screen adaptations on the way—are out this month, their worlds are finally coming together. Washington’s novel, Memorial, to be published October 27, is set in Houston. It follows the romance of a Black day-care teacher, Benson, and a Japanese-American chef, Mike, who live together. When Mike has to go to Japan to see his ailing fa
The Alfa Romeo Model Made Famous by Dustin Hoffman
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The Alfa Romeo Model Made Famous by Dustin Hoffman

Clark Daily, 56, a 3-D graphic artist with Lockheed Martin living in Maitland, Fla., on his 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider, as told to A.J. Baime. I grew up with a bunch of gearhead brothers who always had a lineup of cars they were working on at our house. I also grew up with a mom who cultivated in me an appreciation for history and art. My dad grew up during the Depression, and so he always fixed things rather than throwing them away, and my grandfather worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and helped build tanks during World War II. All of that comes together in me, in my love for vintage cars. The first time I saw an Alfa Romeo—one of my brothers brought one home when I was a kid—I was smitten. I’m still smitten with