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When I first learned that Lana Del Rey was selected to grace the cover of the annual America edition of NYLON in November (a no-brainer, obviously), I immediately sunk to my knees and began to sing the national anthem, all while weeping at our blessed fortune. Who among us is even slightly worthy? Or prepared?

After all, apart from her “Summertime Sadness” Billboard Top 10 chart stint, we’ve barely seen or heard a peep from the songstress in months.

Today, NYLON has begun to tease the upcoming feature with a few choice quotes from the interview, as well as a slew of handsome outtakes from the cover shoot. From the few short quotes we have to work with, it seems that the Tropico beauty is rather tentative about her status as a musician (and a celebrity in general). She’s having a harder time shutting out the noise and ugliness from outside and beginning anew on a new record following the tremendous success of Born To Die. (Then again, when you’ve got hackers leaking hundreds of your demos from your old email account, I imagine that can be rather discouraging to the process.)

But I have faith in the return of her “muse” in 2014 (a subtle shout-out to MuuMuse? Love you, Lana!), and I’ve no doubt we’ll be hearing from her again in the not-so-distant future.

Check out three of the quotes below (and a few gorgeous photos in the gallery), and make sure to check out the full tease over at NYLON.

On her writing process, post-stardom:
“It’s harder to be an observer when people are watching you. You have to go further inside because the outside world becomes a harder place to draw from.”

On the next Lana Del Rey album:
“When people ask me about it, I just have to be honest–I really don’t know[…] I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, definitely–the next one’s better than this one,’ because I don’t really hear a next one. My muse is very fickle. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying.”

On not listening to the haters:
“It’s important to have a good relationship with yourself when you become well known[…] People will say a lot of things, and you’ll start to wonder if they’re true. But then you have to go back to all of those little truths and kernels you found along the way that remind you: You are where you’re supposed to be.”

Preach, Lana.

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Photo credits: NYLON/Marvin Scott Jarrett