“My uncle saw a coyote by that tree over there. It stood there for several seconds and then went away.”

Suspension of disbelief (in Coleridge’s words, “poetic faith”) is easier than it sounds, for we love narratives and will gladly, if smugly, accept all kind of glitches if only the basic story promises to hold our interest. Pointing out the goofs in a Spielberg movie may be good fun, but who cares for the laws of…