William Hennessy: Psychopomps are carriers of the dead, but they carry them to their afterlife. Dottie Bailey: Cool!! William Hennessy: We are in that phase of history. The 20th century is dying, or dead Dottie Bailey: Makes me sad though. William Hennessy: Everything that we called “normal” for all our lives lies listless in the beaks of sparrows—psychopomps—on their way to a new birth.