This is where graphical description is valuable. It at least makes the
bit about wrapping your head around what the model describes easier, to
the point I can ask myself if it makes sense, given what I know about,
for example, race, age, and sex.
Not at all. I find it very difficult
to wrap my head around stories for all
but simple interactions. (Just saying e.g.
that "race, age and sex interact" is a
description, not an explanation, for example.)
Some people are lucky enough to work in fields
in which there is relevant theory.