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Denis Johnson was a panelist at the Harry Ransom Center's 2008 Flair Symposium, "Creating a Usable Past: Writer, Archives, & Institutions." Johnson participated in a panel about "Building the Archive" with fellow writers Lee Blessing, Tim O'Brien, and Amy Tan. In this excerpt from the panel, Johnson discusses what parts of his archive have been discarded over the years and at what point he chose to save drafts of manuscripts. The Ransom Center recently acquired Johnson's papers.