Vampires and werewolves may have their mythic origins in the much realer threat of rabies. A journalist and a veterinarian explore the history of the virus that has frightened and fascinated for centuries. Science with a bite.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…