‘Bitter’ medicine

Lorre recycles vanity card for good cause

Chuck Lorre was ahead of his time in embracing the spirit of social media.

Starting in 1997, the comedy titan took advantage of the split-second platform of his vanity card slate to deliver a personal message to the world, or at least the world of people watching “Dharma and Greg.” Now that he’s closing in on 400 such missives, Lorre, like any experienced TV writer, is ready to recycle all that work to support a cause that is close to his heart: the Venice Family Clinic.

Lorre curated a collection of 300 cards for a glossy coffee-table book dubbed “What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter.” The mostly static text presentations have been gussied up with artwork, though as fans of “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly” know, he’s become more ambitious with the design of his cards in recent years.

Proceeds from the book will benefit Lorre’s Dharma-Grace Foundation, which he founded in 1999 to support the Venice Family Clinic and other health care-related charities.

The Venice Family Clinic is the Chuck Lorre of free health-care providers, serving more than 25,000 low-income patients a year at nine locations around L.A.’s Westside. Two-thirds of those patients have no health insurance, and 71% live below the poverty line.

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