ON a recent Sunday afternoon the Queen of Soulâ€™s hotel room on Central Park South looked like an executiveâ€™s pit stop. Aretha Franklin had returned to New York City late after a concert in New Jersey, and the morning had been too busy for maid service. The afternoon was no less active: an interview to promote her new collection of duets, â€œJewels in the Crownâ€ (J Records), and then a fitting for her latest designer dress. There were clothes, cotton puffs and a real-estate brochure on the floor, along with a new copy of Alan Greenspanâ€™s book â€œThe Age of Turbulence,â€ which she said she was planning to read. The television played silently; a laptop computer was open on a coffee table.