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Nightmare fuel: Lana Del Rey says her un-backed-up book manuscript was stolen from her car.

Jessie Gaynor

October 20, 2022, 1:13pm

As someone who has more than once lost significant chunks of writing projects because of my long-standing allergy to backing up my work, I have great empathy for Lana Del Rey, who announced on her Instagram Stories that someone had broken into her car and stolen a backpack containing a computer, three camcorders, and a hard-drive.

The computer—which Del Rey explained that she remotely wiped—contained a 200-page manuscript for her second book with Simon & Schuster, which she did not have backed up on the cloud. Whoever stole the hardware also has access to unreleased music and personal photos.

“I loved the book that I lost with all of my heart and put a lot of passion into it,” she said in her video. I’m hoping that Del Rey at least has access to a somewhat recent version of the manuscript, but as anyone who’s ever put their trust in humanity or technology only to end up with smashed windows and a missing manuscript knows, this situation truly sucks.

[via AV Club]

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