Apparently Stephin Merritt, the creative force behind the Magnetic Fields doesn’t use “um” or “er” when pausing during speech to indicate that he’s not done talking; he just pauses while he thinks.
I do that, too. I didn’t realize it was unusual.
While you're thinking about that, think about The Heat Lightning.
If the progression of my "forced to read" series seems off, it's because The Forever War was supposed to be the last part.